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recommendations for a wee in Autun

My husband and I are spending a week in Anost, just outside of Autun. We would like recommendations on wineries, restaurants and things to do in the area. We will have our 9 month old daughter with us and will have a car. Thanks!

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1. Re: recommendations for a wee in Autun

Most of my recommendations for things to see and do would probably not suit a young child, as they include the Gothic cathedral in Autun, the old quarter around the cathedral, the amazing wrought-iron gates on the Jesuit school, and the Roman theater (still in use).

When are you going to Burgundy? That makes a difference for recommendations.

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We will be there at the beginning of April. Thanks!

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3. Re: recommendations for a wee in Autun

When I read the title of your post I thought this was going to be a question about toilets but I see you just misspelled week. :)

I would suggest getting a guidebook or two for that area. More importantly, I would suggest you spend some time looking at the various tourist office websites for that area and places nearby. Here are a few websites to get you started:

http://www.bourgogne-tourisme.com/

http://www.cotedor-tourisme.com/

www.road-of-the-fine-burgundy-wines.com/

http://www.autun-tourisme.com/

http://www.ot-beaune.fr/

http://www.visitdijon.com/

http://www.tourisme-semur.fr/

http://www.tournugeois.fr/fr/index.htm

chalon.fr/site/Office_de_Tourisme-261.html

A GPS may be useful if you like them but you really need good maps to drive around the area. Get your hands on the Michelin maps. You want the ones of the scale 1:200,000 (regional maps) or 1:150,000 (departmental maps, more detailed, cover slightly less area) for whatever regions you visit. A nice feature of the 1:150,000 maps is they show the starred attractions in the corresponding Michelin Green guidebooks. The Michelin maps have icons for all kinds of historically/touristically interesting things such as châteaux, ruins, churches, abbeys, scenic view points, caves, Roman sites, megaliths, designated scenic roads and many other things. Usually when I'm exploring various regions in France I just look at the map and I am able to plan interesting and scenic drives just reading the map. For instance, I usually look for a designated scenic road, which are highlighted in green, and I especially look for towns with the historic church and/or château icon. I also try to make sure the route goes through as many small villages as possible. Usually putting all these things together I find interesting and scenic drives without even knowing where I am going and with no assistance from a guide book. Often these places are never mentioned in guidebooks and remain completely unknown to many tourists.

You can buy the Michelin maps from their website and here is a link to the page that shows you the 1:200,000 scale maps of France: http://tinyurl.com/4bt96ev

And here is a link to the page that shows you the 1:150,000 scale maps of France:

http://tinyurl.com/6mt4n64

You could also buy them here but then you can't do research beforehand. The maps can be bought in many places such as bookstores, news stands, magazine stores, larger supermarkets, department stores, hypermarkets and in the full service rest areas on the autoroutes, just to name a few.

And speaking of Michelin, you can go to the website viamichelin.com and get info on drive times and distances, toll and fuel costs and suggested routes (i.e. scenic routes). The drive times given do not consider stops (fuel, food, bathrooms) nor do they consider bad weather and bad traffic. I find the drive times very accurate when these factors are accounted for.

You should also acquaint yourself with rules of the road in France and road signs and such and this website will give you some useful tips:

www.nickbooth.id.au/Tips/FrenchDrive.htm

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